I am often asked what I feel is the most common mistake made by the average player when swinging a club.
Well, there is no doubt that during the course of a busy working week we teaching pros will see just about every conceivable bad shot a golfer can hit, from wild slices to shanks,hooks and tops.
While much of our work is spent correcting poor grips and postures and backswings that wander in the the wrong direction, I would say that the most common fault I see is a failure to hit through the ball to a well balanced follow through position.
A golfer can quit on the ball for a variety of reasons. Often they are trying to watch the ball too long because a friend has told them that they lift their heads. They may think they swing too quick and decelerate as they come through impact. Many times fear makes them try to guide the ball to the target instead of making a free swing through to the finish.
As well as being a common fault it is also in my opinion one of the most destructive faults in golf. When the body stops rotating and the arms slow down through impact you will definitely lose distance and the ball can go in just about any direction as it leaves the club-face.
Focusing on a correct follow through is a good swing thought to take to the course. It can help players who have become too focused on mechanics and struggle to ‘ free up’ the swing under pressure. The great lady golfer Annika Sorenstam won many tournaments using the thought of swinging through to a balanced follow through for her full shots.
While their is no doubt that the impact position is the most important position in the golf swing, focusing on impact can often be difficult to do. Often focusing on the end position is easier and can actually lead to an improved impact position and an instant improvement in the quality of the shot.